2 Corinthians 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Psalm 119:126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law. 127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. 128 THEREFORE I ESTEEM ALL THY PRECEPTS CONCERNING ALL THINGS TO BE RIGHT; and I hate every false way.
God is raising up in this generation those who will be uncompromisingly righteous to stand for Him in this secular and increasingly godless culture. There always comes a time when what we say we believe is put to a test. At those times our highest loyalty has to be to the Truth (Jesus is the Truth Jn.14:6 and the Truth is in Jesus Eph. 4:21). To compromise the Truth is to compromise with Jesus. Second Corinthians 13:8 speaks of our loyalty to the truth of God’s Word when it says, “For we can do nothing against the truth but for the truth.”
When things aren’t clearly defined by Bible truth, in things of minor importance, and things unessential to our salvation we can make concessions. These are areas of life where no moral issue is involved and we have liberty to make concessions and as much as lieth within us to live peaceably with all men. We must never compromise with what our God has clearly stated and commanded.
Compromise always involves a lowering of a standard or an adapting down of a standard defined by God’s truth, the Word of God. It is an accommodation, a settling for less, making concessions. Our standard is the truth of God’s Word so compromise to a Christian is the weakening of the principles, values, and standards of God’s Word to fit a morally declining culture. On essential things we must stand for truth.
There is a lot of compromise in different areas of our lives among Christians in our day and it might be helpful to know how it develops among God’s children:
ANATOMY OF COMPROMISE
1. It starts with a small concession or adapting down of ones standards.
2. The danger doesn’t seem great.
3. The cost of obedience seems too high and demanding.
4. There is a source of personal benefit for making a concession.
5. There is an entry point into a wrong relationship/relating, activity, or involvement.
6. There is a failure to deal firmly and definitely with the initial offer to compromise.
7. There is a toleration of certain things you formerly did not tolerate.
8. The self life (unyielded will) is usually the basis or breeding ground.